18:31 | September 2, 2017
Armenia's GDP grew by 5.5% in the first half of 2017. In contrast, the construction volume in the country in the first seven months of 2017 decreased by 9% compared to the same period in 2016, this according to figures recently published by the National Statistical Service.
19:06 | August 30, 2017
Hetq contacted MP Iveta Tonoyan, Tsarukyan’s press spokesperson twice on the matter. She promised to speak to Mayor Poghosyan and then get back to us in two hours. We never heard from her.
17:41 | August 12, 2017
The Yerevan Municipality has granted the building contractor permission to temporarily remove the statute during construction, with the stipulation that it be reinstalled at the same location. This reporter visited the site. The statute was still there, covered by plastic sheeting, while work progressed all around.
17:08 | July 31, 2017
Narek Mantashyan, recently dismissed as the head of the Armenian Gogovan border checkpoint with Georgia, has refuted the claim made by the government that he had officially tendered his resignation.
12:38 | July 27, 2017
1,600 uninterrupted power supply units, used to organize Armenia’s parliamentary election and the Yerevan Municipal Council elections last year, will be distributed to various state agencies.
17:34 | July 20, 2017
Green Farmer LLC, owned by the sons of Vardan Haroutyunyan, head of the State Revenue Committee (SRC), has been granted a three-year import tax and VAT exemption by the Armenian government.
12:18 | July 20, 2017
Armenia’s government today approved a plan to organize the country’s transportation systems on an integrated schedule basis that would allow for efficient travel from the remotest village to the capital Yerevan.
12:00 | July 13, 2017
Citizens of Armenia and Moldova can now travel back and forth between their two countries without visas if their travel documents (passport, etc.) still has three months before expiring.
17:29 | June 21, 2017
During an Armenian parliamentary debate today on a bill outlining the country’s economic development agenda for 2017-2022, Minister of Territorial Administration and Development Davit Lokyan told MPs that lopsided economic development in Armenia was a major issue to be tackled.
16:45 | June 21, 2017
During today’s Armenian parliamentary debate today on a bill outlining the country’s economic development agenda for 2017-2022, Yelk Alliance MP Nikol Pashinyan accused Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan of being appointed to the post solely to allow Serzh Sargsyan to remain in power.
12:55 | June 15, 2017
Armenian Minister of Justice Davit Harutyunyan told reporters today that he’ll be implementing gradual, but continuing steps, to do away with the roots of corruption and bribery within the country’s court system.
19:24 | June 12, 2017
That incident occurred on July 1, 2012, when Lieutenant Colonel Vardan Samvelyan, deputy commander of a Yerevan unit attached to the defense ministry, attempted to blow up the Harsnakar Restaurant owned by Ruben Hayrapetyan, a ruling Republican Party of Armenia MP.
11:41 | June 7, 2017
Among more mundane matters, MPs debated a controversial bill designed to privatize several state- owned facilities at today’s special session of Armenia’s National Assembly convened by the government.
15:48 | June 1, 2017
Responding to a Hetq article that Kotayk provincial authorities had failed to remove garbage from the road leading to the village of Dzoraghbyur, Armenia’s Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development has written that the trash has been disposed of, sending photos to confirm the claim.
12:08 | May 20, 2017
When asked to comment on the common perception in Armenia that bribery in the electoral system is endemic, Hrach Tovmasyan, nominated by the ruling Republican Party of Armenia to head the newly formed State-Legal and Human Rights Protection Standing Committee of the Armenian parliament, said that to have clean elections the public’s political and legal quality levels must be raised.
13:34 | May 19, 2017
100 out of Armenia’s 105 MP parliament today elected Edward Sharmazanov and Arpineh Hovhannisyan (from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia), and Mikayel Melkoumyan (Tsarukyan Alliance) as deputy speakers of the new National Assembly.
16:26 | May 16, 2017
Argam Abrahamyan, son of the former Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan, who was elected to parliament on April 2, announced today on his Facebook page that he's stepping down as mayor of Artashat in order to assume his parliamentary mandate.
14:53 | May 15, 2017
Nikol Pashinyan, whose Yelk Alliance came in a distant second in yesterday’s election for Yerevan’s municipal council, told reporters today that he was headed to take his seat in the parliament, even though he was high enough on the Yelk ticket to secure a spot on the council.
11:24 | May 11, 2017
China will donate 100 million Yuan (some US$14.5 million) to Armenia towards the purchase of medical emergency vehicles and to facilitate discussion on other programs to spur cooperation between the two countries in the charitable and techno-economic sectors.
12:19 | April 25, 2017
Scores of Yerevan market business owners, claiming that tax inspectors are harassing them, have assembled in Yerevan’s Republic Square this afternoon and are waiting to meet with Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan.
10:47 | April 12, 2017
Police in the town of Ijevan say they are investigating news circulated by a bunch of hikers that healthy trees have been chopped down along the road leading to the Ashot Yerkat (Iron Ashot) fort in Armenia’s Tavoush Province.
13:28 | April 11, 2017
Prosperous Armenia Party MP Naira Zorabyan took the floor and said that given the situation one could assume that those MPs who were present “live due to honest work”, implying that those absent had commercial and other interests outside the legislature.
14:11 | April 5, 2017
Armen Martirosyan, a candidate who ran on the ticket of the losing ORO alliance ticket in the April 2 parliamentary election, described the vote as an “auction” and that the ORO alliance was targeted with negative propaganda during the campaign.
12:37 | April 3, 2017
With only four polling stations in Armenia not having reported results in the April 2 parliamentary election, Central Electoral Commission President Tigran Moukouchyan declared the following four parties/alliances as making it to the country’s new legislature:
12:20 | March 24, 2017
In his financial disclosure to the Central Electoral Commission, Grigoryan declared 6.5 million AMD in income (parliamentary wages), and 45 million AMD from the sale of agricultural goods. He’s the sole owner of the Avshar Wine Factory.
14:19 | March 23, 2017
Armenia’s government today said it could not support two bills proposed by MP Zaruhi Postanjyan condemning the occupation of historic Armenian lands and the dispossession of Armenians from their homeland by the Republic of Turkey.
14:35 | March 22, 2017
Taxpayers in Armenia just might be miffed to know that in 2016 the government spent 1.6 billion AMD (US$3.3 million) to operate and maintain 1,071 automobiles used by various state agencies.
13:00 | March 15, 2017
The lawyer of Mardiros Hakobyan, a member of the armed Sasna Dzrer group that seized a Yerevan police station last July and now being held in pre-trial detention at the Armavir Penitentiary, has been on hunger strike since March 12, despite claims to the contrary by the Department of Corrections and the Human Rights Office.
13:41 | March 9, 2017
“This means that all initiatives and programs must take into account the three principles of stable development; economic, social, and environmental. We would naturally oppose any proposal that doesn’t balance these three factors,” Minasyan said.
13:16 | March 8, 2017
MP Zaruhi Postanjyan, formerly a member of the Heritage Party faction in Armenia’s parliament, told reporters today that she is forming a new political platform designed to unite all Armenians around the world and to press for their rights.
14:46 | March 3, 2017
Noting that the parliament passed 46 bills in the span of 72 hours, Manukyan joked that the country’s legislators must be so intelligent, literate and clever in order to serve-up so many laws to the public.
13:12 | March 2, 2017
The Armenian government notes that relations between Armenia and Iraq have grown over the past five to six years, pointing to the reopening of Iraq’s embassy in Yerevan and increased trade between the two countries.
12:49 | March 2, 2017
Armenia’s Human Rights Defender Aram Tatoyan told reporters in Yerevan today that Artur Sargsyan, the man who ferried food to members of the armed Sasna Dzrer group holed up in a Yerevan police station after having seized it last July and presently awaiting trial, has again refused to be transferred to a civilian hospital.
10:58 | March 2, 2017
Organizers of a sit-down demonstration in Yerevan’s Liberty Square calling for the release of Artur Sargsyan from pretrial detention say the police have visited their homes and threatened them.
15:36 | February 27, 2017
A signature drive is being circulated in Armenia’s parliament to have Artur Sargsyan, the man who ferried food to members of the armed Sasna Dzrer group holed up in a Yerevan police station after having seized it last July, to be released from pretrial detention.
13:27 | February 23, 2017
Armenia’s Minister of Economic Development and Investment Souren Karanian was all smiles today telling reporters after a government cabinet session that several economic indices have seen positive change.
12:29 | February 23, 2017
The Armenian government today approved a draft decree proposed by Defense Minister Vigen Sargsyan whereby cigarettes and matches will not be included in the food provisions to contractual military personnel during peacetime as of July1.
17:27 | February 21, 2017
Arguing that most MPs lack any principles other than spending large amounts of taxpayer money, Manoukyan lambasted many of his colleagues for doing nothing more than pressing buttons when a bill comes up for a vote.
15:18 | February 17, 2017
At a Yerevan press conference today, former foreign minister Vardan Oskanian of the ORO alliance (Ohanian, Raffi, Oskanian), pledged to do away with speed cameras and paid street parking if their ticket came to power in the April 2 parliamentary election.
14:16 | February 17, 2017
Citing security as the first issue facing Armenia, former defense minister Seyran Ohanian, heading the Ohanian-Raffi-Oskanian alliance ticket in the upcoming parliamentary election, told reporters, “Our state is in a complex region with many conflicts. We can’t forget this for a second.”
13:28 | February 16, 2017
Armenia’s government plans to allocate 5 million AMD (US$10,280) to organize an event in New York on March 16 celebrating the 25th anniversary of Armenia becoming a member of the United Nations.
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